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Forbes Launches Eco-Rating of Russian Companies

Editorial Staff
Feb 26, 2021

This year, Forbes Russia compiled a list of Russia’s 30 most eco-friendly companies for the first time.

This new environmental rating is based on methods used by Forbes America and Just Capital in their Just 100 ranking of the most ESG compliant companies in the US. It comes at a time when ESG (environment, social, governance) practices are becoming equally as important in assessing a company’s financial health as its profits and losses.

In the US, the top 30 percent of the list is represented by IT companies, financial corporations and manufactures of computer hardware, all of whose activities are mainly contained within the office space. In comparison, Russia’s largest domestic companies tend to be industrial giants. Russia, therefore, is a unique case.

The Forbes Russia list takes into account that many of the country’s largest companies operate in industries such as resource extraction that are not inherently eco-friendly. For this reason, it focuses on the efforts and resources spent by the companies to minimise their environmental footprint.

Topping the list is the Russian branch of the Mars confectionary manufacturer, which recycles approximately 90% of its waste, followed by Russian lender Sberbank. Third place went to the country’s top food retailer X5 Retail Group – the leader of the eco movement in Russian retail, according to Rashid Ismailov of the Russian Ecology Society, and one of only three retailers to make the list. The company adopted an ESG strategy in late 2019 that sets out plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030, among other goals.

Heavy-industry players make up a large part of the list, echoing trends in other eco ratings that reflect an embrance of ESG among global heavy-industry corporates.

These include Russia’s leading plastics manufacturer Sibur, which recently launched production of green PET granules using recycled materials; fertiliser producer PhosAgro, which actively promotes a reduction of cadmium and other potentially harmful impurities in fertilisers; and leading forestry holding Segezha Group, which manages its forests sustainably and is introducing eco-friendly products such as CLT panels for the construction industry.

The adoption of ESG has only recently begun to take off in the world’s largest country. But if the Forbes list is any indication, the giants of Russian industry are key players to watch for innovative solutions to going green.

These are the top 30 eco-friendly companies in Russia according to Forbes:

1. Mars
Industry: Food

2. Sberbank
Industry: Finance

3. X5 Retail Group
Industry: Retail

4. Splat
Industry: Hygiene products

5. Rosatom
Industry: Nuclear energy

6: Alrosa
Industry: Mining

7. Polymetal
Industry: Metallurgy

8: Sibur
Industry: Petrochemicals

9. Rosseti
Industry: Energy

10. UC Rusal
Industry: Metallurgy

11. Magnit
Industry: Retail

12. Nissan Russia
Industry: Automobile manufacturing

13. TMK
Industry: Metallurgy

14. Russian Railways
Industry: Transportation

15. Tatneft
Industry: Oil & gas

16. Lukoil
Industry: Oil & gas

17. Polyus
Industry: Mining

18. TechnoNICOL
Industry: Building supplies

19. Transneft
Industry: Oil & gas

20. METRO Cash and Carry
Industry: Retail

21. Novatek
Industry: Oil & gas

22. Severstal
Industry: Metallurgy

23. Yandex
Industry: IT

24. PhosAgro
Industry: Chemicals

25. Uralkali
Industry: Chemicals

26. Baltika Breweries
Industry: Food

27. McDonald’s
Industry: Food

28. RusHydro
Industry: Energy 

29. Segezha Group
Industry: Forestry

30. ChelPipe Group
Industry: Metallurgy

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